Opposition leader offers proposal to end Lebanon presidential crisis

A Christian opposition leader and presidential candidate Michel Aoun on Thursday proposed a conditional package to end Lebanon's deadlock over the presidential election. The offer envisages Aoun withdraw his own candidacy for the post and that rival factions come up with a neutral candidate to serve a shortened presidential term and a neutral prime minister to lead a unity Cabinet. The proposal came on the eve of the presidential election deadline, with the country's two rival sides mired in a deep crisis that threatens the country with further chaos. The factions have been unable to find a compromise candidate for the presidency, and there was no sign of a solution ahead of the deadline.